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More Gooseberry Success

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Many of you will know that Richard Okill and Peter Lofthouse have taken many prizes in gooseberry shows in the area and over a long period. This year wass no exception and Richard was also joined by his son, William.

For the Over Peover Show in 2014, the results were as follows:

James Wild Cup for Heaviest Premier Berry Peter Lofthouse

Alpine Lager Trophy for Championship Plate Peter Lofthouse

Harold Gregory Trophy for Heaviest Twins Richard Okill

Margaret Watson Trophy for Most Points Gained Les Stanier

R.L. Massey Rose Bowl for Heaviest Red Premier Berry Les Stanier

Joe Tatchell Trophy for Heaviest White Premier Berry Peter Lofthouse

Roy Taylor Challenge Cup for 2nd Premier Berry Richard Okill

Bernard Pickup Trophy for Most Improved Grower Gary Stanier

Jean Street Trophy for Most Points in Colours Only Les Stanier

Heaviest Berry Recorded

1995 David Lowe with a Lord Kitchener berry of 36.20

William GS


Pete GS1

This year, the nominated charity was the Motor Nerone Disease Association. Sarah Porter (Massey) attended to collect the cheque for £200.00.

Gooseberry growing and showing has long been popular in the North and Midlands. In 1914 there were 67 recorded gooseberry shows; growing of gooseberries had already declined from its heyday in the mid 1800s when there were over 170 shows; in Cheshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. The number of shows declined during WW1 but there was a small resurgence continued up to the Second World War when there were 12-20 shows; some shows stopped and new clubs started. This continued to the late 1950s, when there were only 8 shows left in Cheshire and 1 in Yorkshire (Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Society) all of which continues today. For more information, download the file at the top of this article.

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